Updated: Sunday, 29th March 2020 @ 7:27am

The £10 challenge: Dive into the world of The Hobbit to relieve the pressure of Christmas shopping

The £10 challenge: Dive into the world of The Hobbit to relieve the pressure of Christmas shopping

By Pippa Field

If endless Christmas shopping lists are giving you the blues, why not escape to another world by spending a day next week celebrating the release of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit?

Released nationwide on December 13, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be the first in a series of three hotly anticipated films, produced by Peter Jackson.

But just because the fantasy-adventure film was set in New Zealand, it doesn’t mean Hobbit fever can’t be enjoyed here.

Starting first of all with the film showing, available at Odeon and Vue cinemas across the city from December 13.

If you’re flushed for cash and want to get the full Middle Earth experience, then opt for the 3D showing.

But with a budget to stick to, choose a 2D off-peak ticket for an average cost of £6.70 to kick the day off.

After being pulled into a world of fantasy of dwarves, goblins and other creatures, keep the creative juices flowing and head to the Manchester Art Gallery.

Located in Quay Street, Spinningfields, the gallery is currently holding an exhibition showing how paper can be transformed into fantastical works of art.

After taking a big budget hit with the cinema ticket, this free show The First Cut is a great way to spend the afternoon.

With more than 31 international artists work on display, wonder at giant sculptures inspired by far away galaxies.

Or imagine you are in the Hobbit itself as you walk through a forest of paper trees and see the flocks of birds and butterflies made from maps.

And for those wanting a bit more action, there are even guns and grenades fashioned from paper currency.

And with the remaining budget sitting at just over £3, pop down for a drink at the Circus Tavern pub on Portland Street.

Certainly the smallest pub in Manchester and perhaps even in Europe, there is surely no better drinking establishment to finish a dwarf-filled day at.

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Pictures courtesy of New Line Cinema, with thanks.